Reading beautiful things to get a break from the world

The world is, at present, a pretty wild place. I know that chaos isn't unique to present times, and that each generation of humans has faced upheaval. But pain and stress are relative. What each individual faces is unique to that individual, and knowing that pain is a shared experience doesn't make feeling it any … Continue reading Reading beautiful things to get a break from the world

Back to basics: the Occam’s Razor approach to mental health

Time for a confession: I have been struggling with my mental health lately. As we are all collectively living through a global pandemic, I'm sure I'm not the only one struggling. Sometimes, however, it's easy to develop tunnel vision and start thinking, "I've taken a turn for the worse," or "this state of increased depression/anxiety/etc. … Continue reading Back to basics: the Occam’s Razor approach to mental health

Is it possible to practice mindfulness during times of stress?

I took a short break from this blog after having a medical procedure. All is now well with my body, but recovery was slow and sometimes challenging. I was, thankfully, well-supported by my family, but not feeling 100% with two young children at home meant that I felt busier than normal in November and December. … Continue reading Is it possible to practice mindfulness during times of stress?

Find Joy: “Build A Ladder” with Martina of King Kogi and Eatyourkimchi Studio

Some days are harder than others. Whether a combination of small troubles add up to be overwhelming, or you're navigating something more serious like chronic illness or grief, occasionally we all have a day where we hit the proverbial wall and aren't sure how to move forward. One resource I repeatedly turn to when either … Continue reading Find Joy: “Build A Ladder” with Martina of King Kogi and Eatyourkimchi Studio

Buddha’s Brain: Chapter two recap and discussion

Chapter two of Buddha's Brain is aptly titled "The Evolution of Suffering" because it walks the reader through the myriad ways our brains use negativity as a survival tactic. The methods our brains utilize are effective but less necessary now since we as modern humans are more predator than prey, especially when compared to our … Continue reading Buddha’s Brain: Chapter two recap and discussion